Does anyone else do back to school in phases?
When I’m on summer break and I think about going back to school, this is my first reaction.
I call it my denial phase. I don’t want to see ads for school supplies. Get those things away from me!
At some point, planners and office supplies become cute again, and I start to think about all of the possibilities that lie ahead this school year.
Whether you’re still in denial or you’re reading this from your computer at work, it’s a great time of year to get your materials in order. The resources in the listed below are easy to print and start using right away.
They’ll add style to your room, improve your workflow, and help you serve your students. Best of all, many of them are free!
Speech Room Posters
This cute and free poster featuring succulent plants is great to stick outside your office. It will help remind everyone where the speech room is located.
If you work with tweens or teens, this free poster featuring a llama will be a funny reminder that everyone needs to check their attitude at the door.
This free speech ninja poster is made by Erik Raj. It will up your cool factor with your students, especially the older ones.
This free anchor chart is made by Greta Lewis. It breaks paraphrasing down into simple steps.
This free set of posters is made by Symons Says Kindergarten. There are two posters for each zone- one explains the zone and the other lists strategies.
If you’re looking for more tips on speech room decor, you might be interested in reading my article about how to create a gallery wall in your speech room.
Organization and Documentation
This free template is made by Jenna Rayburn Kirk. It keeps me sane during the school year and helps me focus on what needs to be done right away.
If you’re looking for a free and easy data sheet, this one has you covered. You can type or write the goals you’re targeting and keep data for each session.
Use this editable checklist to keep track of your workflow for speech-language evaluations.
Speech Therapy Tools
If you’ve ever assessed or treated cluttering, you know that it can be very challenging (read my article about cluttering). This bundle has four different tools to help you: rating scales, conversation sample analysis, review of symptoms, and cluttering homework.
This free homework packet will get your students talking about speech therapy at home. It covers the basics, like what goals they’re working on and what their SLP’s name is. You might also be interested in my article about speech therapy homework.
This free packet is different than the back to school packet because it contains usable samples of homework for a variety of specific speech and language disorders. The packet also includes a parent handout explaining the importance of home practice. The homework sheets are pocket sized.
This free interactive book is made by Chapel Hill Snippets. It’s a great activity to start the year off with your social skills groups. Students identify things that make them feel different emotions and create a personalized book.
This free articulation treatment guide is made by Dawn Moore of Expressions Speech. If you’ve ever struggled with teaching the /r/ sound, you need this guide! You might also be interested in reading my article about articulation therapy for older students.
Handouts, Certificates, and Fun Stuff
This free handout explains the common speech and language disorders to teachers and parents. It also provides some quick advice on how to help the student.
This packet includes three resources to help you with speech therapy graduation: discharge planning workflow organizer, classroom carryover “goal points” tracking chart, and graduation certificate.
This resource contains an entire school year of parent newsletters. The newsletters cover articulation, language (including functional language), and fluency. It works for a variety of age groups.
Spread a little cheer around your school with this free template that makes it easy to print positive affirmations onto your sticky notes.
Download this free printable postcard and write your own resolutions for self-care or use it with your students to have them write their resolutions.
I hope you have a wonderful school year!